Montgomery Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Representing the rights of injured Alabama patients
We trust our doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals to help us with our health and, at the very least, “do no harm.” Unfortunately, sometimes our healthcare providers make mistakes – and sometimes these mistakes are due to negligence and carelessness. When these mistakes cause devastating consequences to patients, patients deserve compensation.
Medical malpractice, or negligence, is a well-documented problem in the United States. Johns Hopkins University noted in a recent study that 10% of all deaths in the country were due to medical error, and medical errors are the third-highest cause of death. And, this study doesn’t take into account the number of patients who experience life-altering injury from preventable medical mistakes. When healthcare professionals injure the patients who trust them, they must be held accountable.
That’s why the medical malpractice attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm in Montgomery are here. Medical malpractice cases in Alabama are typically complex and require a heavy burden of proof. Our years of experience can help you decide if you have a case, how you’d like to proceed, and – when we partner with you – we work tirelessly to help secure you compensation for injuries. Talk to us today.
Examples of medical malpractice in Montgomery
When a doctor or hospital causes injury to a patient through a negligent act, or a failure to act, they’ve committed medical negligence or malpractice. In this case, negligence can include things like errors in diagnosis, errors in treatment, mismanagement of a condition, or mistakes during a procedure.
Further, this negligent act (or failure to act) must violate the standard of care that other reasonable medical professionals would use under similar circumstances. There must be a direct link between the negligence and the patient’s injury. Finally, that injury must have resulted in a loss for the patient, like pain and disability, lost income, or other damages. What this means is that even if negligence occurred, if you didn’t suffer any resulting injury, you likely won’t have a malpractice case. Your attorney can give you further guidance.
Other examples of medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Early discharge from hospital or medical facility
- Failure to recognize symptoms
- Improper or failure to provide aftercare
- Improper medication and dosage
- Lack of proper testing
- Misdiagnosis of symptoms
- Misreading or ignoring test results
- Surgical errors
- Unnecessary surgery
When it’s medical malpractice – and when it’s not
You may have questions about what constitutes malpractice. Not every medical error is malpractice. For example, a doctor may not necessarily have committed malpractice because your condition didn’t improve or became worse. Sometime conditions may be untreatable, or certain patients don’t respond to certain treatments.
Or, if you receive surgery that proceeds without complication but you’re unhappy with the results, it’s unlikely your doctor committed malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when your doctor provides negligent, sub-standard care that results in injury and losses. A skilled malpractice attorney can provide clarity on your personal situation.
Medical malpractice dangers at Montgomery area hospitals
When you enter your local hospital, you deal with all types of staff – including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, technicians, pharmacists, anesthesiologists and more. You may wonder how safe the medical facility and staff is. A patient safety advocate organization ranks hospital safety nationwide, grading them on things on hospital-acquired infection rates, surgical errors and safety records.
The Hospital Safety Grade tool brings up four Montgomery area hospitals:
- Jackson Hospital, Montgomery: Grade D
- Baptist Medical Center South, Montgomery: Grade C
- Baptist Medical Center East, Montgomery: Grade B
- Prattville Baptist Hospital, Prattville, Grade B
What is informed consent?
Before a doctor performs any procedure on you, they have an obligation to obtain informed consent. Like it sounds, this is your consent as a patient to receive the procedure – but more than that, it’s also your right to understand the procedure itself, why you’re having it, its likely outcome and the risks and dangers of the procedure.
Informed consent should include:
- A discussion with your doctor (not a representative of your doctor)
- Your diagnosis
- An explanation of the recommended procedure/treatment and its intended purpose
- The risks and benefits of undergoing the procedure
- The risks and benefits of not receiving the procedure
- Alternative treatments or procedures, along with risks and benefits
The most important aspect of informed consent is your physician fully explaining the risks of a procedure. Doctors should reasonably foresee risks and make you aware of potential dangers. You have the right to know what could go wrong, and you have the right to decide what to do with your body.
Our Montgomery medical malpractice attorneys can help
If you suffered injury due to a negligent doctor, or a loved one was killed by a careless surgeon, talk to the medical malpractice lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm. Our team fights for your right to financial compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. We’ll hold the right people responsible. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Montgomery office.